Jack Gilinsky is one half of the pop-rap duo Jack & Jack with Jack Johnson. #FreeGilinsky is now trending on Twitter because Gilinsky was apparently arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly stealing a sweater. Johnson is posting Snapchat videos, which a fan is sharing on Twitter. Gilinsky was released from custody just after 5:00 p.m. ET.
Here is what we know so far about the arrest and the duo.
1. A Police Officer Stopped Gilinsky to Question Him About a Sweatshirt
At 12:39 p.m. ET, Johnson shared the above video, which shows Gilinsky being questioned by a police officer as he carries a red sweatshirt in one hand and his bag in the other.
In another video Johnson shared on Snapchat, Gilinsky is leaning against the wall as security decides what to do with Gilinsky. Johnson jokes that they aren’t leaving the airport.
2. Johnson Says That Gilinsky Offered to Pay for the Sweatshirt, but the Store Manager Wanted Him to Go to Jail
In the next video, seen above, Johnson explains that Gilinsky offered to pay for the sweatshirt he took, but the manager of the store still wanted him to go to jail. Johnson says in the video that Gilinsky “accidentally stole the sweatshirt.”
Johnson also posted a photo on Snapchat, showing Gilinsky being arrested by the security checkpoint.
3. Johnson Filmed Himself Yelling ‘Free Gilinsky’ Outside a Los Angeles Police Department Station
In another video, seen above, Johnson yells “Free Gilinksy” outside a Los Angeles Police Department station. In another video, shown below, Johnson is sitting with his head in his hand, shaking.
In another video, Johnson said that the “manager b**h” is being “petty” and that the police officers even think that Gilinsky is innocent.
A few other social media stars have voiced their support for Gilinksy, even if they find what’s happening to him a little funny.
Johnson has also posted a photo on Instagram, showing Gilinsky in handcuffs.
Johnson later posted a video after Gilinksy was finally released from custody:
4. Jack & Jack Plan to Release a New Album Soon
Johnson and Gilinksy first gained fame through their popular Vine posts. Their biggest hit was “Wild Life,” which reached No. 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Omaha-natives released their first EP, Calibraska, in 2015 and Johnson promises that their first album is coming soon.
“All Weekend Long” will appear on the new album.
Their biggest success as Vine stars came in August 2013, when The Huffington Post declared their Eric And Winston Nerd Graffiti video the “perfect Vine.”
The two also wrote a book called Jack & Jack: You Don’t Know Jacks.
5. They Have Over 1.4 Million YouTube Subscribers & the Video for “Like That” Has Over 25 Million Views
Jack & Jack’s YouTube page has over 1.4 million followers. Of course, that’s little compared to their huge Vine following, as they have 6.2 million followers there.
Their most popular YouTube video is “Like That,” featuring Skate. The video has over 25 million views.
“We try to cover most people’s interests, that way we think we can get as large of a fan base as possible,” Johnson said in an interview with Omaha.com. “Maybe some people will like some of our Vines, but they won’t like others, but that’s OK, because we think they’ll follow us because of the ones they do like.”
Gilinsky is dating Madison Beer, a singer who gained fame after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to one of her videos.